Chicago firm Arment Dietrich banned internal emails and IMs in a 10-day experiment and the results were viewed as a positive: “…a funny thing happened,” writes Gini Dietrich. “We began talking to one another…IN PERSON! If someone had a question, it didn’t fill my inbox or sit there for two or three days; it got answered immediately because they came into my office and asked. But it wasn’t a good thing just for me...”
Mexico is firing off a $92M push to counter the swine flu and violencecalled “Vive Mexico.” President Felipe Calderon said, “Vive Mexico is a call to action and unity for all.” But a gunfight in the tourist haven of Acapulco is a definite setback to the country, which is also battling drug-related gang violence in addition to the H1N1 outbreak.
Entrepreneur’s June issuetouched base with five business owners and asked them how they knew it was time to hire a PR firm. Said Jamie Pennington, founder a website of vetted executives for projects: ““We wanted to build a national brand quickly and couldn’t afford advertising.”
“I have a great deal more respect for public relation officials, than I did two or three months ago. It's not a position that I want to be in. I'd like to get back to the business of writing down notes, and running the tape recorder myself instead of answering these questions.”
— Boston Globe reporter Scott Allen, amid the paper’s staff fight with owner New York Times Co. over cuts
“How about just changing PR to SR - social relations. I think it's the "media" part that's throwing everyone off re: PR and social media.”
— Christine Perkett, president, Perkett PR, via Twitter (@missusP)